As the first round of votes across Kitsap County were tallied Tuesday evening, some clear leaders in North Kitsap races emerged.
Contested candidate races:
In the race for Poulsbo City Council Position 1, Andrew Phillips led the first tally of votes with 876 votes at 56.8 percent while Dawn DeSalvo trailed with 665 votes at 43.1 percent.
“It was a pretty close race, we both did pretty well all things considered,” DeSalvo said Tuesday night. “I love the fact that I was able to be part of the process. I know my opponent will serve us well and I look forward to the future.”
In the race for Poulsbo City Council Position 3, Britt Livdahl handily led with 1,207 votes at 75.2 percent while Ricky Moon trailed Livdahl with 388 votes at 24.2 percent.
“I am really honored to have the support of my hometown. I am super excited to get to work on behalf of the people of Poulsbo, “Livdahl said of her lead.
In the race for North Kitsap School District Board of Directors Position 2, Mike Desmond led with 4,803 votes at 69.2 percent while Pamela Madden-Boyer trailed with 2,124 votes at 30.4 percent
“I’m very excited to be able to serve the community, specifically the North Kitsap School District. Very thankful to Pamela for the campaign she ran and hope that she continues to be involved in the North Kitsap School District, we need as many people involved in this vital time for the school district,” Desmond said of his win.
“I intend to run again. It has been an amazing learning experience,” Madden-Boyer said Tuesday night.
In the race for North Kitsap School District Board of Directors Position 3, Breane Martinez led with 3,676 votes at 52.2 percent while April Ferguson trailed with 3,331 at 47.3 percent.
“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to serve our schools and community. Thank you [the voters] so much for your support,” Martinez said of the results.
“Absolutely, I’m not going to give up,” Ferguson said when asked if was intending to run again. “There’s changes that need to happen … the one thing I am happy about is that I have run before and been knocked out in the primaries, this was a pretty close race compared to what a lot of the other candidate races, that told me that I am a viable candidate.”
In the race for North Kitsap School District Board of Directors Position 4, Nancy Moffatt led the first tally of votes 4,989 at 72.9 percent while Karl Fidler trailed with 1,824 at 26.6 percent.
“I’m very pleased with the voters and how they made their choices … I think overall when you look at all the candidates I really believe that the voters read the materials and they understood what they were voting for and that pleases me a lot,” Moffatt said.
In the race for North Kitsap School District Board of Directors Position 5, the first tally of votes put Cindy Webster-Martinson in the lead with 3,604 votes at 50.5 percent while Kim Gerlach trailed at 3,503 votes at 49.1 percent
“It’s too slim, I’ll be on pins and needles until more ballots are counted,” Webster-Martinson said of her lead on Tuesday night. “I am very happy that I am in the lead and I’m really anxious to continue my service.”
In the race for Kitsap County Fire Protection District No. 18 (Poulsbo Fire Department) Commissioner Position 2, Chris Quinn led the first tally of votes with 2,315 at 64 percent while Bill Whiteley trailed with 1,287 votes at 35.6 percent.
“I would have been happy with the outcome, either way, I’m just gonna do my best, they [the voters] have given me the gift of public service and I’m certainly not going to do anything but my best, so we will see what happens,” Quinn said.
“I have been on several committees with Chris and I think he’s a great guy, I don’t think the voters had a bad choice in this race. I think he will do a great job and I will still try to remain involved. I am part of the budget review committee for the fire district and I will continue to do that and support it in other ways,” Whiteley said.
In the race for North Kitsap Fire & Rescue Commission Position 2, Patrick Pearson led the first tally of votes with 2,009 votes at 65.4 percent, while Scott Henden trailed with 1,045 at 34 percent.
“I want to thank the people of North Kitsap Fire & Rescue for putting me back in the office and the local firefighters [who] supported me in that effort. I appreciate the last 14 years I have been here as a fire commissioner and look forward to six more years,” Pearson said.
Gary Walker ran for Port of Indianola Commissioner position 3, receiving 299 votes at 98.7 percent
Lena Hunt ran for Port of Keyport Commissioner position 1, receiving 136 votes at 100 percent
Brian Watne ran for Port of Keyport Commissioner position 2, receiving 138 votes at 100 percent
Steve Heacock ran for Port of Kingston Commissioner position 1, receiving 853 votes at 97.8 percent
Mark Singer ran for Port of Poulsbo Commissioner position 1, receiving 979 votes at 98.6 percent
Darryl Milton won Kitsap County Fire Protection District 18 Commission position 5, with 3,108 votes at 98.9 percent
Connie Lord won Poulsbo City Council Position 2 with 1,314 votes at 98.1 percent
Jeff McGinty won Poulsbo City Council Position 4 with 1,310 votes at 98.8 percent
Gary McVey won Poulsbo City Council Position 7 with 1,307 votes at 98.9 percent
The North Kitsap Fire & Rescue EMS levy received 2,683 votes in favor at 77 percent.
The Kitsap County Fire Protection District No. 18 (Poulsbo Fire Department ) EMS levy received 3,364 votes in favor at 75.8 percent.
Turnout for the 2019 General Election stood at a paltry 22.6 percent in Kitsap County on Election Day, according to the Kitsap County Elections Division.
Out of 174,796 registered voters, a total of 39,418 ballots were received in time to count on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Steve Gardner of the Kitsap County Auditor’s Office said turnout is expected to improve as more ballots come in Wednesday and later this week.
Turnout is still expected to move toward the 40 percent mark.
“We will have a pretty big jump today by counting yesterday’s returns and whatever comes in by mail,” Gardner said.
“Tomorrow’s won’t be as big as today’s, but it will still be significant. We’re still expecting about 40 percent.”
Only 2,625 ballots were accepted for counting on Tuesday — less than half the number that came in Monday (5,704).
The next vote count for the General Election will be posted by the Kitsap County Elections Division by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.